Homemade Dog Treats

We can agree that pet owners will do almost anything for their animals, right? Have you ever thought about making your own dog treats? There is just something about the Holidays that put us in a baking mood. The benefits of baking your own treats are countless. Many dogs have allergies or dietary restrictions, so you know exactly what is going into that belly of theirs and how fresh it is.

All of these dog treats are completely edible-they just taste funny to us because dog treats have way less sugar. We have compiled our top 5 favorite DIY dog treat recipes from all our favorite bloggers.

For all of these recipes add your pets’ favorite tincture according to their size. Or the size recommended on the label.

PB and Bacon Glaze Bones – Lindsay from “Pinch of Yum”

Makes 30 treats

1 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
1/4 cup oil*
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons bacon grease, coconut oil, chicken fat, or any other fat that will solidify at room temperature, melted
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, and oil in a bowl. Add in baking soda and whole wheat flour. Stir until a stiff dough forms. Knead dough or mix just until flour is incorporated.
Roll out dough with a rolling pin and use a cookie cutter to cut out dog bone shapes, or just bake into little circles like cookies. Bake for 15 minutes.

Whisk the bacon grease and peanut butter until very smooth. Drizzle over the treats and cool till glaze hardens (it does best in the fridge or freezer).

Beef Broth or Chicken Broth Treats-

2 cups +1/2 half cup rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 cup unsalted low-fat beef broth or chicken broth

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Add 2 cups oats, salt, beef broth, and egg to a large mixing bowl. Combine well. Add remaining 1/2 cup of rolled oat and combine.
Pour onto wax paper and knead dough for about 3 minutes. Let stand for about 3 minutes to begin to become firmer. Press to 1/2-inch thickness.
Cut with cutter and place onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container for use or store in a ziptop bag in the freezer for later thawing and use.

Peanut Butter Treats-

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce or mashed banana
1/4 cup vegetable, chicken or beef stock
bone shaped cookie cutter

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Combine flour, peanut butter and applesauce in a large mixing bowl. Add stock and stir until well-combined. The dough will be thick. Once combined use your hands to press the dough into a ball.
Place dough ball on a flat service (with a sprinkle of flour if needed) and roll out evenly with a rolling pin. The dough should be about 1/4 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut the dough into desired shape and place on ungreased baking sheet.
Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Store in an airtight container.

Spinach, Carrot, and Zucchini Treats- 
These treats are packed with veggies, so even Fido can embrace his health kick.

1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 large eggs
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
3 cups whole wheat flour, or more, as needed
1 carrot, peeled and shredded
1 zucchini, shredded
1 cup baby spinach, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.
Gradually add old-fashioned oats and 2 1/2 cups flour at low speed, beating just until incorporated. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky. Add carrot, zucchini, and spinach, beating just until incorporated.
Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.*
Let cool completely.

Cheddar Bacon Dog Treats
Makes about 10 treats

1 ½ cups rolled oats
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Add oats, cheese, and bacon to the bowl of a food processor and process until ingredients reach a crumb-like consistency.
Add two eggs to food processor and process until mixture resembles a sticky dough.
Sprinkle flour or finely ground oats onto a wood cutting board and roll out dough to about ¼-inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut out dough into desired shape.
Transfer dog treats to a parchment-lined baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes.

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